Madras High Court today clarified that housing plots which had been converted from agricultural land before October 21, 2016 may be registered. Passing orders on a clarificatory petition by the state government on its May 12 last order, a bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sunder, however, said this would not apply to those plots which had been registered in violation of the interim order passed by the court earlier. It said Rule 15 B of Tamil Nadu Regularisation of Unapproved Layouts and Plots Rules 2017 is to be read in harmony with section 22-A of the Registration Act, 1908 and the proviso thereto. The government sought clarification with regard to the May 12 order passed by the bench on a batch of petitions against conversion of agricultural lands into housing plots. It submitted that registrations had come to a standstill because of the order and sought the clarification.
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